The last few months of 2017 were exciting, but I cannot say they were as exciting as the first few weeks. I celebrated the beginning of 2017 in Brussels, Belgium and visited France, Greece and Germany before my final week in England for study abroad.
Even though the end of last year could not compare to the beginning, here are some highlights of the last two months:
- Phi Sigma Pi Philly Cup soccer tournament: I competed in a soccer tournament with a few of my Phi Sigma Pi bros from ESU and other universities, mostly from the east coast. My team came in third place out of about 20 teams. I was tired, but it was worth the experience. On the final day, we even got to party on a yacht!
- “The Laramie Project”: ESU’s Stage II theater club performed “The Laramie Project.” The entire production was put together by my fellow students. I was on the props team and the PR team. The impact of this show was even brought to the streets, when a Christian hate group protested on ESU’s campus. Theater students involved in the production counter-protested by bringing the prop angel wings used in the show to block out the hate group. This action mirrored a scene from the play, which is all based on actual events and interviews from residents of Laramie, Wyo.
- Phi Sigma Pi induction: We inducted 11 new members into ESU’s chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. I am excited to see what Tau class brings to the fraternity.
- Alpha Psi Omega induction: I was inducted into ESU’s chapter of the National Theatre Honor Society this past semester.
- Peace Corps acceptance: I have been accepted into the Peace Corps to serve in Togo, West Africa after graduation! I will be a Food Security Educator during my two years of service. I am currently waiting to be legally and medically cleared before it is official. I also have to learn to speak French and ride a mountain bike. These will be the most challenging parts of pre-service, but I am confident I can learn them.
This year, although it is only a few days into 2018, I reunited with my study abroad flatmate Dara. We spent the day in New York City and saw Miss Saigon on Broadway!
I have one more trip to the UK to visit friends I made during my study abroad before I begin my Peace Corps service. I am excited, but it is also bittersweet because I will only be in the UK for one week.
Next week, I will be attending the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I will be participating in the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy during the festival, where I also hope to take part in performing arts workshops.